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Allan Liu, ON

Toronto , Ontario , CANADA

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01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
16

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
When I was in Gr.11, the orchestra conductor at my school asked me to play viola for orchestra. Since then, I played a lot of viola outside of school and stuck to the instrument.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I will be going into an engineering program for university and hope to pursue a career in that direction. However, I will always take music performance very seriously and grow as a musician.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Tennis, travelling, watching movies, Hearthstone

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Jascha Heifetz

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Hungarian Rhapsody no.2

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Walton Viola Concerto

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
From a young age, I saw classical music as a great combination of discipline and expression. I not only enjoyed listening to classical music but also wanted to perform classical music myself. Taking up music training provided me with unique learning opportunities; every improvement motivated me to improve further. This positive experience is what continues to push me to pursue classical music.

11. What do you think is the biggest challenge you face in your pursuit of a career in music?/ Quel est le plus grand obstacle à surmonter afin de poursuivre une carrière en musique ?
I’ve always enjoyed music playing from a non-professional standpoint. It’s a great way for me to take a break from textbook work and a healthy hobby to re-energize myself with. I feel if I pursued a career in music, classical music will lose its magic for me.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Classical music and a trip to Portugal seems like a perfect way to spend my summer.

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
NYO Canada provides the most intensive music training I will have ever received. At NYO Canada, I will mature as a musician and get to play with musicians of the highest caliber. I will also get to meet many new people, many of whom I will be in contact with for the rest of my music-making career.

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
No

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
Maybe visit China, travel with friends or work at a camp.

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
I am extremely proud to be a member of TSYO this year. If I were to pick, playing with Shawn Mendes at Air Canada Centre was one of the best moments this year.